About this Event
221 Columbia Avenue, Holland, MI 49423
This event is open to the public and free of charge.
6:15 - 7:00pm - Reception in the Jack H. Miller Center Lobby
7:00 - 8:00pm - Presentation in the Jack H. Miller Center Performance Hall
8:00 - 8:30pm - Book signing in the Jack H. Miller Center Lobby
The Office of the Dean for Natural and Applied Sciences is pleased to welcome Dr. Michael Guillen to campus as this year’s Gentile Lectureship speaker. Dr. Guillen will present “The Four Kinds of Truth,” based on topics explored in his most recent and best-selling book, “Believing is Seeing: A Physicist Explains How Science Shattered His Atheism and Revealed the Necessity of Faith.”
Dr. G was born in East Los Angeles, where he dreamed of becoming a scientist. The dream took him to UCLA, where he earned a B.S. in physics and mathematics. Then to Cornell, where he earned an M.S. in experimental physics and a 3D Ph.D. in physics, mathematics and astronomy. For eight years thereafter, he was an award-winning physics instructor at Harvard University. He’s also received honorary doctorates from the University of Maryland and Pepperdine University.
Dr. G is known and loved by millions as the ABC News Science Editor, a post he filled for fourteen years (1988-2002). He appeared regularly on Good Morning America, 20/20, Nightline and World News Tonight. He also hosted Where Did It Come From?, a weekly, one-hour primetime series for The History Channel. He is a three-time Emmy Award winner and a member of the renowned Explorers Club.
Dr. G also hosted and wrote the PBS special Wit, Grit, and Robot Games; the ten-part PBS series Great Minds of Business and Great Minds of Medicine; and the ABC-TV special SeaWorld Mother Earth Celebration with co-host Mayim Bialik (BLOSSOM, BIG BANG THEORY). He’s also advised and consulted for studios such as MGM, Fox and Buena Vista, as well as Walt Disney’s Epcot Center.
Dr. G also produced LITTLE RED WAGON, an award-winning theatrical motion picture written by Patrick Sheane Duncan (MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS), directed by David Anspaugh (RUDY, HOOSIERS).
Dr. G has written hundreds of articles for many publications, including Science News, Psychology Today, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. He’s an international best-selling author of many books, including: Bridges to Infinity: the Human Side of Mathematics; Five Equations that Changed the World: the Power and Poetry of Mathematics; Can a Smart Person Believe in God?; Amazing Truths: How Science and the Bible Agree; The End of Life As We Know It: Ominous News From The Frontiers of Science.
Dr. G is president of Spectacular Science Productions and Spectacular Science Foundation. He’s presently developing a number of television and movie projects. He speaks all over the world and provides science-related commentary pieces for Fox News. He resides with his family in Dallas, Texas.
For more information, go to michaelguillen.com.
The Gentile Interdisciplinary Lectureship at Hope was established in 2005 by faculty colleagues, former students, and friends of Dr. James Gentile. Gentile joined the Hope faculty in 1976 and served as dean for the Natural and Applied Sciences Division from 1988 to 2005, when he became president of Research Corporation, a private foundation in Tucson, Arizona, that supports basic research in the physical sciences. After retiring from Research Corporation, he returned to Hope to serve a two-year appointment as dean from July 2013 through June 2015.
Past lecturers include:
2005 Dr. Marilyn Aardema, Proctor and Gamble
2006 Dr. Kellar Autumn, Lewis and Clark College
2007 Dr. Jeremy Edwards, University of New Mexico
2008 Dr. Brett Bouma, Massachusetts General, Harvard Medical School
2009 Dr. Paul Schaap, Lumigen
2010 Ms. Sheila Tobias, Education Consultant
2011 Dr. Joaquin Ruiz, University of Arizona
2012 Dr. Barbara Given, Michigan State University
2013 Dr. Thomas Cech, University of Colorado Boulder
2015 Dr. Cherry Murray, Harvard University
Dr. Jay Demas, St. Olaf College
Dr. Laura Listenberger, St. Olaf College
2016 Dr. Andrew Christlieb, Michigan State University
2018 Dr. Peter Agre, Johns Hopkins University
2019 Dr. Valerie Taylor, Argonne National Laboratory
Mr. Ira Flatow, Science Friday
2021 Dr. Sherri Mason
Dr. Guillen’s visit is made possible by a gift to the Gentile Lectureship from the Kavli Foundation of Oxnard, California. The Kavli foundation is dedicated to advancing science for the benefit of humanity, promoting public understanding of scientific research, and supporting scientists and their work.